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Stories of creativity and the internet, told to Suchandrika Chakrabarti | Shortlisted: Best Host at The Lovie Awards (the European Webby Awards) 2019 | Live at the Boulevard Soho Theatre: Nov 2019 | Heard on BBC Radio4 | Newsletter: suchandrika.substack.com | Instagram: @freelancepod | Twitter: @freelance_pod_
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This very special episode of Freelance Pod was recorded in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival in September 2019!  Pod fave Abdulwahab Tahhan returns for this 90-minute episode, in conversation on-stage at Kings Place with host Suchandrika Chakrabarti. Syrian refugee, stand-up comedian, journalist, lecturer, a person who's now clear on what the word 'loo' means... Abdul's got some good stories to tell. He takes us on a journey from his childhood in Aleppo all the way to opening a comedy set for Romesh Ranganathan at the Southbank Centre , with a bit of border-hopping and latter-making in between. These slides provided the backdrop to the show, and they are referred to, so you might want to take a look. Don't worry, you'll still understand the episode if you can't see them!  Does this episode make you feel like you missed out on the live show? Well, you kinda did... but fear not, there are MORE: - Freelance Pod will next go live to celebrate the Refugee Journalism Project in October - Freelance Pod will go live with a special guest at the newly-reopened Boulevard Soho Theatre in November - Suchandrika will be giving a workshop in how to adapt a podcast into a live show at the Newsrewired conference in November - Here are Suchandrika's thoughts on adapting an audio-only project into a fully visual and interactive experience -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD 
Beth Ashton, The Telegraph's head of social media, kindly invited me over to their offices to tell me about how they do... social media. Traditionally, The Tele's newspaper readers have been amongst the oldest in the UK, which should present a challenge to converting them into online readers. They've also got a metered paywall and Premium content that stops quick and easy reads or sharing. Nevertheless, as Beth tells us, The Tele is one of the few news websites to make Snapchat work, and to harness the power of social media to bring in newer, younger readers. Going niche is good, and allows for a different tone - compare the Telegraph's main Instagram feed to Telegraph Royals, for example. Their columnists and their podcasts also present unique content that convince readers to subscribe.  The endless algorithm changes makes managing a social media team tough, as best practice is always changing, and messaging can get missed - Beth is refreshingly candid about these lesser-known issues on the pod. We first met when Beth was head of audience at the Manchester Evening News, part of Reach Plc, and I was working across the regional publications, while based at the Daily Mirror. Beth and the team worked flat-out on the night of the Manchester Arena bombings, a horrifying event that ended up shining a spotlight on how well the city can come together in a time of need. While we're talking about how the MEN covered this event, we mention former Teesside Gazette reporter Beth Lodge's great work on a memorial Facebook Live that has been watched by over 1.6 million people. p.s. Who's the Romesh that Abdul Tahhan's talking about at the very beginning? Yep, it's the one you think. Abdul's opened for him. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter:https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD 
BBC Radio 4 Extra's Podcast Radio Happy Hour has become another way to discover great podcasts, as well as an opportunity for some lucky podcasters to get heard on the radio. Host and producer Amanda Litherland came up with the idea a few years ago, and found herself thrown in front of the microphone. Luckily, her comedy background has helped her presenting, although she is open about only practice can give you interviewing skills - and the confidence to ask those questions. On this episode, we delve into what makes podcasts different to radio, why comedians and podcasts go together and the Eddie Mair advice that helps her show.  Amanda loves podcast recommendations, so do give her tweet @amandalitherland. If it's funny, all the better!  You can hear Freelance Pod on Podcast Radio Hour here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003tnr -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD   
Here it is, the Freelance Pod guide to the London Podcast Festival 2019, with programmer Zoë Jeyes!  Zoë is Deputy MD and Comedy Programmer at Kings Place, and has been working there since it opened 11 years ago. A longtime podcast fan, she first floated the idea of a festival in 2014, with the first one going ahead in 2016. Since then, podcasting as a medium - and an industry - has exploded, and the 2019 festival is set to be the biggest one yet, with 60 live shows and a whole weekend of workshops for anyone who wants to start a podcast, or learn more about the industry. Freelance Pod's live show is at 2pm on Saturday 7th September. I'm also going to see Mostly Lit, The Allusionist and Rule of Three - at least. Tweet me @freelance_pod, or message me at @freelancepod on Insta to let me know if you've booked tickets too!  Listen to the episode to find out the surprising places that Zoë listens to pods (she is *dedicated*), how to transform a good podcast from its oroginal audio form into a visual, interactive show and  -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD 
"I loved being a journalist," writes Jackie Annesley in a frank essay about losing her last job in journalism, as editor of The Sunday Times Style supplement, where, among many other things, she commissioned the PanDolly podcast from two of her columnists; it's now better known by its second name, The High Low, with journalists Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton. Jackie's exit from The Sunday Times is accompanied with euphemisms about 'replacement' and 'commercial decisions'. In the months that followed what she felt was the end of a career in newspapers - editing The Sunday Times' News Review, being in charges of features at the London Evening Standard and editing the Daily Mail's Femail section - Jackie realised that this sudden change in circumstances could, in fact, work for her. She's now Creative Director for start-up Soda Says. 'Soda' stands for School of the Digital Age, and, according to their Instagram bio, they've been "selling tech to you and your mother since 2017." Jackie writes a fun, irreverent weekly newsletter for them, and hosts the podcast Talk Tech to Me, where she asks starry guests to explain their relationships with their mobile phones. The first episode features Anne Robinson of the Weakest Link fame, and it's great fun. What Jackie has to say is packed with wisdom and good advice, as well as an appreciation of how journalistic innovation has sped up thanks to the internet, while the money has drained away... thanks to the internet. A "sunset industry"? Perhaps, but the lessons in communication that journalism teaches you are more important in a digital age than ever before. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD   
Matt Cooke is Head of Partnerships & Training, Google News Lab, part of the Google News Initiative. Google News has been a major factor in completely changing how news is indexed, distributed, discovered and consumed. That's because the internet has changed news distribution to include you, the reader, the audience, yes you, you control what you want to see, when you want to see it. Alongside sharing and self-publishing on social media, Google indexing news has completely changed the industry.  Matt's now spent almost as much time building Google News Labs as he did working at the BBC, on news and, memorably, as presenter of BBC Three's 60 Second News. He thinks that transparency is the key to winning audience trust, and he cites this well-known BBC Africa Twitter thread as an example of showing the inner workings of journalism for the greater good. Despite working in a very digital world, though, Matt still buys his trusty local newspaper once a week. This episode is packed full of his insights into digital journalism, and his advice for journalists who've reached a crossroads in their careers. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD     
Did you know that there's a Freelance Pod live event at the London Podcast Festival in September? Yup, alongside big hitters like The Guilty Feminist, Have You Heard George's Podcast and The Allusionist, Freelance Pod is going to have its first live event, and you can be part of the audience! Click this link for more information, and to buy tickets for under a tenner. This episode is a little introduction to the live event guest, Abdulwahab Tahhan. Abdul came to London from Syria as a refugee in 2012, taking a long and tough journey through Turkey. He's now a stand-up - warming up crowds for comedy legends like Romesh Ranganathan - as well as working towards his PhD, writing for The Guardian and developing a podcast to let other refugees tell their stories of settling into British life.  There was a time when Abdul was new to the UK and applied for 100 journalism jobs, without any luck. In 2015, he joined The Refugee Journalism Project's one-year scheme, which transformed his professional life. The workshops and networking helped him get a job as a researcher with the NGO Airwars, and paved the way towards all the exciting things he's doing today. If you like what you hear on this episode, join Abdul and Freelance Pod host Suchandrika Chakrabarti for the live recording at Kings Place in September!  This is also Freelance Pod's 30th episode! Find out why that's an important number to Suchandrika on the pod...  Suchandrika Chakrabarti was also the guest on the launch episode of The Media Insider, with author and PR Helen Croydon. There's a snippet on the pod, and you can find the episode here. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://suchandrika.substack.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD 
Journalist, author and founder of the soon-to-be-launched Freelance Feels, Jenny Stallard joins me on the podcast to talk about her career moving from print to digital, her freelancing journey and why freelancers need to more vigilant about our mental wellbeing than the more traditionally employed. I've written here about how freelancing got me down, and how this podcast solved it! Love U, Freelance Pod! Along the way, she looks back at the creation of mega-helpful freelancer Facebook Group, The No1 freelance ladies' buddy agency, which has supplied me with work and new contacts among other freelancers and even editors - it's a must-join for all freelancers. Freelance Feels is going to be a blog, podcast and coaching service. As journalism moves from analogue to digital, the need for continual training grows, as the opportunity for ongoing training in or out of a newsroom shrinks. Jenny talks us through her ideas to help that situation. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD
Deez Links is "a dailyish link to cool shit happening in & around the media industry." Each day, Delia Cai - also Growth & Trends Editor at Buzzfeed - sends out one link. Just one link. She really sells it, in the way you'd want a particularly well-informed and fun friend to sell it to you. It's working out for her - Deez Links turned three in February, and was recently voted fourth most popular media newsletter, after Nieman Lab, Axios and American Press Institute.  Delia guests on the podcast to talk about how she wanted to take the quick wit of a Snapchat streak and turn that into a newsletter; how extra her third birthday celebrations for Deez Links were, but the community she built loved meeting in IRL, so actually, it was just enough; and the joy of having a passion project. Here's my take on how an enjoyable side project can rev up your creativity. -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD
We've got a new season of Black Mirror on Netflix, so here are Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones to talk us through Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, Smithereens and Striking Vipers. They also take the piss out of each other and make me LOL. Don't worry, there aren't any spoilers, so you're safe to listen before watching the season. It is, however, extremely sweary right from the start.  Along the way, there are bits on Newswipe and Screenwipe, a blast from the past of the Unnovations Catalogue (!) and some insight into Andrew Scott aka Moriarty, aka Fleabag's Hot Priest and the ranting character he plays in the episode Smithereens. Season 5 episodes discussed: Striking Vipers; Smithereens; Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too. Read a write-up of the interview in the New Statesman here: “For civilisation, it’s a bit depressing”: Charlie Brooker on Black Mirror’s relevance -- How has your industry moved from analogue to digital? Each episode, creative guests tell host Suchandrika Chakrabarti how the internet has revolutionised work. Newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/freelancepod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/freelancepod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/freelance_pod_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreelancePod/ YouTube: https://goo.gl/chfccD
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